”It is expected that if consumers want to maintain a fixed-line service they would be seeking a fibre connection. The Council of Australian Governments’ national broadband development group and local government groups recently discussed hurdles to a universal roll-out of the infrastructure project, Mr Stanton said. Some states and council laws prevent strangers from entering a property, with some exceptions for utility employees to read meters. However, unless laws were changed to allow NBN contractors onto property without permission, many households could be left without a fixed-telephone service, a spokeswoman for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy confirmed. ”To install the fibre connection, a property owner’s consent must still be obtained to enter their premises to connect the network, or an alternative approach, like opt-out, needs to be developed,” she said. However, this has not been mandated.”

Tasmania’s laws would ensure NBN Co contractors were not charged with trespass if they entered a property to lay fibre to the home or attach network equipment to a house, unless a property owner explicitly refused permission.
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”In the future, when copper networks have been decommissioned, consumers will have a choice of [retail service providers] to connect to the NBN, and in many cases they will also have the choice to opt for a wireless-based service that is independent of the NBN.” MORE state governments will have to change trespass or property laws to ensure households are not left without fixed-telephone connections, following the Tasmanian government’s move to introduce legislation for property owners to opt out of the government’s fibre network. ”All state governments are now turning their minds to the practical issues that will go along with migration and the roll-out of the network,” said the chief executive of Communications Alliance, John Stanton.